Day of Doing – Journalism Education Association

July 31, 2014
by cwadycki
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City Golf Championship

By JOHN McBRIDE
Fort Dodge, IA

Despite a two-hour wait to start his round, 2005 champion Ryan Kinseth grabbed a four-stroke lead after the first day of the 34th annual Messenger city golf tournament, sponsored by Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota.

Kinseth, last year’s runner-up, was the only golfer to break par, shooting a four-under 67 at the Fort Dodge Country Club Saturday. Lucas Peed, who last won this tournament in 2003, was sitting at even-par 71 and in second place. Austin Morrow was at 72.

In the women’s open division, three-time champion Kelsey Faiferlick all but wrapped up another title with a one-under 71 at Lakeside, giving her a 19-stroke lead heading into today’s round.

In the men’s senior division, Rick Jones matched Kinseth with a 67 at FDCC, giving him a three-shot lead over Dave Hanson. Defending champion Peg Christensen shot an 85 at Lakeside to lead by one shot over Diane Blomker in the women’s senior division.

Kinseth carded birdies on No. 6 and 7 on the front side and Nos. 10, 15 and 18 on the back. He settled for bogey on No. 5 and No. 13.

“It was a good round, except for those two dumb holes,” Kinseth said. “Other than that, I hit the ball well. The weather really wasn’t a factor. I like playing in the cool weather.”

Morning golfers had to wait 90 minutes to tee off at the Country Club. That pushed the afternoon rounds back until about 2:30.

Kinseth, who won the Hampton Open and Lakeside Amateur, also held the first-day lead at the Fort Dodge Am, but struggled to a 77 and dropped out of contention on the second day.

“Hopefully I can do better than I did at the Amateur,” he said. “I still have to go out and make shots.”

Peed, who has won this tournament twice, finished in a tie for fourth last year. Defending champion Phil Ruth shot 77 Saturday.

Faiferlick put up the lowest score of her life at Lakeside as she seeks to become the fourth woman in city golf history to win four titles or more. She closed with a flurry, carding birdies on the last three holes.

“I was just able to make some good shots,” said Faiferlick, who won her first title just after graduating high school. “Something just clicked. I’m just going to try to play my game (today).”

Brenda Hebert sits in second with a 90 and DeAnn Faiferlick is third at 93. Faiferlick would join Heather Frye, Roxanne Kuhlman and Stacey Bergman with at least four titles. Kuhlman won five times, including the first year of the tournament in 1991. Bergman won five straight from 1993-1997 and Frye won four in a row from 2006-2009. Kuhlman won in 1988 and added titles in 200-2002. She’s also added senior titles in 2010 and 2011.

Jones and Hanson have never won the men’s senior division. They are being chased by Dean Underberg, who has won the senior division five times, the last in 2009. He fired an even-par 71. Dean Wendell and Jim Dalton, a three-time winner himself, are next in line at 72. Defending senior champ Terry Miller shot an 82 to open the tournament.

Christensen and Blomker distanced themselves from the rest of the senior women’s division. The next golfer is 16 strokes behind. Blomker is seeking her sixth senior title.

Today’s men’s players tee off at Lakeside at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., flipping start times from Saturday’s round. The championship nine should start around 6:30 p.m. The women’s field tees off at the Country Club for its final 18 holes starting at 8:46 a.m.

July 31, 2014
by cwadycki
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Broadcast Training in Action

I wrapped up a week-long broadcast teacher training that took teachers from St. Louis to Louisville, Indianapolis, and Chicago. My partner Pam Andrews (from Paragould, AR) and I produced these video stories.

 

The Samuel Culbertson Mansion
Toy Store
American Science & Surplus (Chicago)
Jon Reese
Decatur, GA
and
Pam Andrews
Paragould, AR

July 28, 2014
by cwadycki
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The Boys Are Back

By Linda Evanchyk
Fort Walton Beach, FL

They say it’s all about the music and the joy they get from covering classic rock and pop songs of their youth, but watching a Rewind’74 band rehearsal reveals the members’ love for each other as much as their love for the music.

“We’re friends, and just like other friends do, we enjoy sharing something we like doing. For us, it’s playing music,” said Dave Burkes, one of the three founding band members.

Rewind '74 started as a band whose members were high school classmates. The band's original name was "Starfire."

Rewind ’74 started as a band whose members were high school classmates. The band’s original name was “Starfire.”

Burkes, an accountant, along with band mates Jim Hunter, a pilot for Chevron; and Mike McMain, a systems analyst; started their friendship during their days at Pryor Junior High School, (now Pryor Middle School).

It wasn’t until their sophomore year at Choctawhatchee High School-in 1972- that they combined their musical talents to form a band, Starfire.

They spent countless afternoons together, along with other classmates, rehearsing on McMain’s family carport or on the porch at Hunter’s parents’ home.

As the members of Starfire approached high school graduation in May 1974, they were playing paying gigs at local venues including the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island, and the new Hawaiiki Restaurant in Destin.  For two years Starfire covered hits of the 1960s and 1970s including those by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Doobie Brothers, Lynrd Skynrd, and  Bachman-Turner Overdrive

. The group recorded their sessions on reel-to-reel tapes that McMain recently listened to for the first time in decades.

“We thought we were a lot better than we actually were,” McMain , who plays bass guitar and sings, said with a laugh after listening to the teenaged voices of his friends and himself.

Although the friendship endured, Starfire did not.  As the band members approached their 20s small gigs would not pay the bills, so the band members went their separate ways to college and onto careers.

Rewind '74 plays classic tunes that appeal to a wide audience. This toddler is obviously enjoying the band's recent performance at Family Fun Fest.

Rewind ’74 plays classic tunes that appeal to a wide audience. This toddler is obviously enjoying the band’s recent performance at Family Fun Fest.

Fast-forward to 2011 another life change brought an opportunity for the band to get together again. McMain, who had lived out of the local area for over thirty years, moved back to Fort Walton Beach where Burkes lives.  This also put him close to Hunter, who now lives in Pace.

The three got together to prepare songs to play as part of McMain’s wedding reception on New Year’s Eve that year. They called themselves JDM- Jim, Dave, Mike.  The event refueled the friends’ love of the music and of spending time together so much so that they continued to rehearse along with adding Jim McDaniel, a drummer originally from Detroit who now works as a contractor at Eglin Air Force Base, to the group.

By that spring the band was asked to play at local charity events and Burkes suggested the name change to Rewind ’74 as a nod to their high school days. In their first official appearance Rewind ’74 played a fund-raiser for Choctaw High School’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

“It brought back a lot of memories being up there playing before a pretty big audience,” McMain said of the event.

The response from everyone was great. So many (people) came up and said they enjoyed the music,” he added.

Besides being fun and nostalgic, the Choctaw anniversary event led the group to performances for other non-profits and at festivals including the Family Fun Fest at Harbor Walk Village in May.

Rewind '74 bass player, Mike McMain, starts the opening guitar riff of "Suzie Q." McMain is a founding member of the band.

Rewind ’74 bass player, Mike McMain, starts the opening guitar riff of “Suzie Q.” McMain is a founding member of the band.

It also forced the band to take a more serious approach to public performances. They set a regular rehearsal schedule. They also added guitarists Lee West and Scott Stone.

Wet, who works in computer network support, also graduated from Choctaw High but did so five years after the Starfire bunch. Stone, who is retired from IBM, moved to the area after vacationing here for many years. His home in Shalimar became the reshearsal studio-generally on Thursday nights.

Rick Patrick came on board to handle all the technical and sound work as the band moved from garage performances to large venues.

The band finds the songs they are covering now are as popular as ever.

“Look at the bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s that are out touring now,” said McDaniel.

People like the music of that time. They respond to it,” McDaniel added.

Deciding which songs to add to their repertoire among so many choices can be challenging. Each band member has a favorite “oldie” that is part of the set list. McMain favors “Brown Eyed Girl,” where Hunter is an Eagles fan and takes the lead on “Take it Easy.”  Stone is more of an instrumentalist liking the band’s transition tune, “Pipeline”; Burkes prefers the Pure Prairie League’s “Amie,” and West takes the lead on “Straycat Strut.”

McDaniel’s favorite is the percussion-heavy, “We’re an American Band.”

“Everyone has input on the music we play,” said Burkes.

Rewind '74 is truly a "garage band." They practice in a band member's garage-or outside of it on warm nights-regularly.

Rewind ’74 is truly a “garage band.” They practice in a band member’s garage-or outside of it on warm nights-regularly.

“The vocals mainly drive it, along with personal preferences, but it isn’t about ego.  No one is fighting for the spotlight so we can mix up the choices,” Burkes added.

With the exception of McDaniel, who is 46, the band members are all over 50. While they say that some may think it is a little late in life to hone their craft, the guys have it all in perspective.

“We know that this isn’t how we make our living,” McMain said.

“There probably was a time, many years ago, where we all had a fantasy of being in a famous band, but that’s not what we are doing here,” McMain added.

“This isn’t about egos now,” added Hunter.  “It’s a chance to be with friends; an immediate work in progress. I look forward to each time we get together.”

Rewind’74 is a band still finding its way. As McMain put it, “Age is a state of mind. When we are together playing the music we are all 17. Everything else just fades away.”

July 28, 2014
by cwadycki
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Jamestown Jammers

As a  journalism educator who also freelances, I try to always have a camera, recorder, notepad and digital equipment with me.  This was  the case when I was on vacation in June in western New York.

We have been going to the area for more than 30 years and part of my vacation ritual is to attend a “Jamestown Jammers” game.  The Jammers are a single A baseball team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates,  I always check the roster for players from the Chicago are, generally to no avail.  This year, however, I found that the starting first baseman was from the Chicago area.  Great story. I took photos during the game and then emailed the Jammers’ media person as well as some editors back in Chicago.  Within a day I had sold the story and done the interview.  

Message to student journalists?  Like a Boy Scout, you need to “be prepared” because you never know when a story will pop up.

Read the full story here: http://www.highschoolcubenews.com/news_article/show/400628?referrer_id=608214

 

Stan Zoller, JEA Director, East Region
Buffalo Grove, IL

July 28, 2014
by cwadycki
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Editors as coaches

With the staff of one of my mentees in mind, I created this graphic as handout and as a poster for the newsroom.  The color scheme matches the school colors for this mentee.  I also shared it with the teacher of the Leadership class at KEMPA Summer workshop this week.  She plans to use it with her SJW students and with her own students when she gets back to school this fall.  If anyone wants the original InDesign files to change wording or colors to match their school, I would be happy to share those files as well.

Linda Barrington, MJE
Mentor Program co-chair
KEMPA executive director

Editors as coaches handout

July 28, 2014
by cwadycki
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“The Mobile Journalism Experience”

As a part of 2014 ADE Global Institute, I decided to create an experience of writing, shooting, editing and publishing a news package video all on my devices. The mobile journalism experience is one in which I will require my students to learn this year, as all grades 9-12 will have an iPad mini.By using my iPhone and iPad, I met Environmental Scientist Michael Puzzo at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in California, who discussed the recent crisis of the Goldspotted Oak Borer, a beetle transplanted from Arizona, which is now killing thousands of trees in California.Michael took my group of ADE’s on a guided tour of the land and helped us identify the infested tress. He also shared with us his thoughts on becoming stewards of the land, to get out in nature, and appreciate the sites and sounds of the world in which we live.This personal project was a fabulous learning experience for me in many ways, and I’m happy to share with this video with the entire ADE community.
Don Goble — St. Louis, MO

July 19, 2014
by cwadycki
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Bent Tree Cafe

“I’ve taught writing for broadcast, helped students plan storyboards for broadcast, but I had never shot any video with a DSLR, never edited video and never had to lug around a tripod for every shot. So the multimedia storytelling workshop I took this summer was a new — and often frustrating — experience. The 45-second story I did (that’s as long as it could be) taught me that what I saw in mind wasn’t always what I could capture. I also learned that ambient sound is a LOT louder than I had realized. But these, and more, are all valuable lessons I can share with my students this fall and with the ASNE teachers on campus for the next two weeks.

Candace Perkins Bowen, Kent State University

Calling All Heros by Amy Elizabeth Paul Schmeltz, Plymouth, Ind.

July 16, 2014 by cwadycki

Guests at InstructureCon 2014 review selfies after joining forces with Superman, Spiderman, Wolverine and more to celebrate the conference theme “Calling All Heroes.”

Guests at InstructureCon 2014 review selfies after joining forces with Superman, Spiderman, Wolverine and more to celebrate the conference theme “Calling All Heroes.”

Conference participants don cowboy hats, giant sunglasses, magician’s hats, and swords to create fun flipbooks as souvenirs of the InstructureCon experience.

Conference participants don cowboy hats, giant sunglasses, magician’s hats, and swords to create fun flipbooks as souvenirs of the InstructureCon experience.

Cardboard cut-outs featuring Canvas employees as superheroes directed attendees to sessions at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

Cardboard cut-outs featuring Canvas employees as superheroes directed attendees to sessions at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

Pro skaters and BMXers provided entertainment to onlookers during Canvaspalooza at the Pavilion at the Canyons Resort.

Pro skaters and BMXers provided entertainment to onlookers during Canvaspalooza at the Pavilion at the Canyons Resort.

Convention goers enjoyed festival food such as pizza, kebabs, and brats while canvassing the Pavilion.  A variety of activities, including watching pro skaters, kept the crowd entertained.

Convention goers enjoyed festival food such as pizza, kebabs, and brats while canvassing the Pavilion. A variety of activities, including watching pro skaters, kept the crowd entertained.

Sweet treats including red velvet, strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate cupcakes delighted those with a sweet tooth at Canvaspalooza.

Sweet treats including red velvet, strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate cupcakes delighted those with a sweet tooth at Canvaspalooza.

The drum bus supplied a creative outlet for techies after a long day of sessions in conference rooms.

The drum bus supplied a creative outlet for techies after a long day of sessions in conference rooms.

Canvas training emphasized badges for mastery learning.  Conference goers earned badges in numerous ways, including having a photo taken with the Canvas Panda.

Canvas training emphasized badges for mastery learning. Conference goers earned badges in numerous ways, including having a photo taken with the Canvas Panda.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, addresses the crowd on the economic impact of education from pre-school through college.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, addresses the crowd on the economic impact of education from pre-school through college.

Canvas, a learning management system used by educators from K-12 and higher ed institutions, hosted InstructureCon 2014 at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah June 17-June 19.

Canvas, a learning management system used by educators from K-12 and higher ed institutions, hosted InstructureCon 2014 at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah June 17-June 19.

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